Two Assyrian scribes work with different media. The one on the left is writing on either parchment or papyrus, a perishable material, while the other using a stylus, writes on clay tablet; from a mural painting from Til Barsip on the Middle Euphrates in the reign of Tiglath-Pileser III, ca. 744-727 BCE (cf. p. 33. Henrietta McCall. Mesopotamian Myths. 1990, 1993. London. British Museum Publications in cooperation with the University of Texas Press, Austin). No parchment (animal skin) or papyrus documents exist of the Assyrian era, only clay tablets or stone monumental inscriptions. No parchment or papyrus documents exist from the Pre-Exilic period of Israel.
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